Good times at Bahia Honda
Trip Start Nov 19, 2007
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While visiting Bahia Honda we heard its name pronounced in as many ways as it has letters. I finally asked a Spanish resident the proper Spanish pronunciation. She was pleased that a "tourist" recognized the fact that Florida was settled by the Spaniards as evident in her architecture, building materials, style of living, and names of towns, Keys and streets, therefore the names are properly pronounced in the Spanish way. The name Florida means 'flowered' or 'flowery' in Spanish. Ponce De Leon arrived as a young man with courage and idealism he settled this flowered land. Naming it as he saw it - covered in flowers. Florida now is American. The Spanish influence is everywhere but over the years has gotten muted or diluted with the natural American bent for "melting pot" diversity
Dick and Dolly Diuguid bounced around the Keys along with Us and Mike and Jeanine for as many winter months as possible. Joyce and Fred live in Stuart but love the Keys so much they also come on down when sites open up in their favorite parks, to soak up the green/blue waters of Southern Florida. I think the entirety of Florida may be the "Fountain of Youth" it has such a rejuvenating effect on us all.
Jeanine is new to fishing and could not have met up with a better teacher than our Andy Man. He is showing her the different rigging for the different fish and different conditions as he learns them. At Bahia Honda there are many places to fish right from shore. We know from the previous entry that Kayak fishing down here may get you hooked into a shark or other large predator that just may make the experience less fun and more terrifying. The shore fishing or from a big boat is more like it for what swims in these waters. The "Mangrove or Gray Snapper" were biting like mad, giving us amazing dinners as well as fish in the freezer. Jeanine is now a seasoned Mangrove Snapper fisher woman!!
We love the texture and taste of Snapper any way we cook it but our favorite has to be "Blackened Pecan Crusted" Using Pecan Meal, we add any Blackened seasoning mix we have to where we like the level of spice. Then pressing the raw fish into the meal till both sides are totally covered - crusted. Place the fillets on a metal cookie sheet, bake at 425 degrees for about 10 minutes depending on the thickness. We have stretched out and now add Nutritional Yeast to our Pecan Mix as well. This adds a nice cheesy effect and of course adds protein and vitamins. These yummy fillets are also fantastic cold the next day for lunch.
While getting to know Johnnie and Carolyn Byrd they kept suggesting how much we would like their RV neighbors at the Coast Guard Station, Deb and Laura. We did not get to meet them before Johnnie and Carolyn left for home. Andy and I were at the "borrower hole" at Bahia Honda fishing for Mangrove Snapper when two other people showed up and started fishing too. They too had a heck of a time keeping the pelicans away from their lines and hooks. I became "stick woman" as I kept the pelicans at a distance so everyone could fish while keeping the silly pelicans safe from getting tangled in line or hooked. After an hour or so we were all talking like old friends when we finally got to introduce ourselves. Low and behold....it was Deb and Laura!!! I guess Johnnie was right!! It was meant to be.
Time to leave the beautiful Keys and get on up to Gamble Rogers State Park in Flagler Beach where we will be Resident Volunteers working with the Rangers doing whatever they need us to do for the month of April. See you there!